Five: Travis and the Finalists Return -
This weeks episode is really a two-hour episode.
Travis goes to meet the families of the four remaining whores. The beginning of
the show is a recap showing all of the drama of the women trashing each other.
If you want to find out what previously happened, read my old recaps [because
Im not going to waste my time]. The show also shows a recap of old hometown
visits from previous incarnations of The Bachelor(ette), but I am not going to
recap them either because they are stupid and do nothing to further the story of
Travis and the media-whores on this program.
Travis talks about why he likes all of the women. He says that Susan is
beautiful and smart. Then they show the clip where she uses that treacley
smitten kitten line [which my husband is sure means that she wants him to
smack her pussy]. He says that most women who are smart and beautiful let it go
to their heads, but Susan does not.
Travis goes on to say that he had a connection with Sarah from Canada. He likes
her beauty and innocence. Over the last few group-dates, he has felt like
there has been a growing distance between them, and he is hoping that he will be
able to reconnect with her.
He says that he is great friends with Sarah from Tennessee. She lives a mile
from him, they have fun, and she is a good person, inside and out.
Then there is Moana. He finds her sexy and she has been very natural with him.
He is happy that she has opened up enough emotionally enough that she is willing
to allow him to meet her family [as if she really has a choice about it at this
point in the show].
The first date is with Moana in San Clemente, California. They meet on the beach
where Moana is waiting with two surfboards. Travis talks about how he doesnt
know what his future will be, but he knows that he wants to live in the
mountains. They lay on the sand and talk and then pretend to go surfing. They
float on their boards for a while, talk and then kiss. Afterwards they go to her
familys house where Travis will meet Moanas father, Ray, mother, Cheryl, and
step-mother, Virginia. Its obvious that Moanas dad doesnt think much of the
show, because he just sits around with a smirk on his face when Travis plies him
with pre-scripted platitudes. Before dinner, Moanas step-mother steps in for
the kill, asking What do you think of this arrangement, because frankly I am
disgusted at its undermining of the homes, marriage and family. Frankly it
devastates lives, when families are disregarded and the union of marriage is
undermined. She goes on to ask him what he thinks of the experience. Travis
says that his parents have been married for 37 years and he entered into the
experience hesitantly. He feels that if you are true to yourself and what you
believe in during the experience you can really get to know the other people
involved. Moanas dad wants to know what Travis believes in. Travis skates
through the question by saying that he believes in a lot, but there isnt enough
time to talk about it. Travis says that he wants to be a positive member of
society and its obvious that Moanas family thinks that Travis is full of shit.
Moana says my family sliced Travis up and threw him on the barbeque. Moana and
Travis kiss good-bye. Travis says that he couldnt have every visit to Moanas
family be like this because he seeks peace when he is with family.
Next, Travis heads to Winnipeg, Canada to visit with Sarah. [I bet he had to
check a map to figure out where Winnipeg is.] For this date, Travis encounters
Sarah while she is feeding the ducks at a park. Both Travis and Sarah talk about
the fact that they had a strong connection, but it dissipated somewhat because
of the drama in the house. They play 8-ball pool and its obvious that he likes
to sink his balls in her pocket. She brings up the M word [Moana] and mentions
that he should see that there is something wrong with her if all of the women in
the house dislike her. He says that he appreciates her thoughts, but is he
telling the truth? All of the other women who have trashed Moana didnt get
roses at the next rose ceremony. He poses the question to Sarah, If somebody
said bad things about you, would you want me to listen? She says that this is
different, and its obvious that he doesnt want to talk about the subject any
more. They go to visit Sarahs family, her mother and two brothers. Sarahs mom
Julie is really excited to meet Travis and she gives him a huge smile. [Travis
is probably closer to her age than Sarahs.] Travis talks about Tennessee and
admits that he doesnt like country music [finally something I can like about
him!]. Julie mentions the fact that Sarah still lives at home and it shocks
Travis, reminding him of how young Sarah is. Julie raves about her daughter to
Travis, telling her how Sarah brings a lot of energy to her house and is truly a
deep person. At dinner, Sarah mentions the other girls again and its obvious
that Travis isnt pleased at her jealousy. When alone with her mother, Sarah
tells her mother that she cant compete with the three other women who are
involved in the process, she doesnt know how to complete, stay grounded and
know how to trust in what is going on with Travis. Julie tells Sarah that she
should be honest about her feelings with Travis and to be herself. Later Travis
and Sarah snuggle in bed and she tells him that she is going to trust him. They
share kisses and Sarah feels confident that she will be getting a rose at the
Travis flies to Nashville, his hometown for his date with Sarah from Tennessee.
He picks up his dog Nala and walks a short distance to Sarahs house. Sarah says
that they workout at the same gym, they go to the same grocery store, and go to
the same park, and she feels as though they have a lot in common. They walk to a
local park and play with Nala. Travis comments that he likes that fact that
Sarah is the type of girl that he can go hiking, biking and running with. For
Travis the big question is whether Sarah is somebody he can just go hiking with,
or is she somebody that he could spend the rest of his life with. Travis tells
Sarah that the reason why he chose her for a hometown visit was because she is
honest and has a lot of integrity. [Personally, I think that he picked her so
that he would have the opportunity to return home and see his dog.] Sarah asks
Travis where he sees himself in the future. He says that he wants to go on
adventures and visit many new places. He asks her if she would leave Nashville.
She says that when she has children, she wants to be near her parents. Travis
starts commenting about how sometimes the most important people show up at
strange times. In a contrived coincidence, the perfectly matched, carefully
chosen, homogenized (and all-Caucasian) children that Sarah teaches show up with
her two sisters. The children give her flowers and Sarah frolics with the kids.
Travis says that seeing Sarah interact with her students in a positive loving
way was amazing. When he thinks about a future wife, he wants somebody who is
compassionate with kids and not all women are.
Later that evening, Sarah checks out Travis house before she helps Travis
prepare a meal. Sarahs parents Addison and Vernita arrive at Travis house with
Sarahs aunt Rhoda. Vernita, Sarahs mom, comments that Travis has a nice house.
[I personally wonder if the folks from Extreme Makeover came over to Travis
house, because he has pink and purple walls in his house. What kind of guy picks
out pick and purple for their walls?] While talking to the group, he mentions
that he wants to move to the Rocky Mountains, which doesnt please her parents,
who want Sarah to remain local. Later Travis and Addison discuss meat, while the
womenfolk talk about Travis. [Aunt Rhoda sassily asks Sarah is she has been
romantic with Travis, and Sarah says that she hasnt because Travis is a
gentleman. I wonder if romantic means kissing, or dancing the horizontal
lambada?] Cut back to the men, and Addison criticizes Travis meat-cooking
abilities. Vernita comments that Travis must have a lot of compassion being a
doctor [I laughed at this line. My husband is an Emergency Physician and has
almost no compassion. My kids complain that he doesnt care about their aches
and pains unless they have an exit-wound] but Sassy Aunt Rhoda worries that he
would have bad hours [which is true!] and Vernita worries that being a doctors
wife is a hard life [give the woman a prize, she hit the nail on the head!].
Vernita worries about the cute nurses as well. Travis takes Vernita aside and
tells her how much he likes Sarah. Aunt Rhoda says that she wants Sarah to be
happy, because if Sarahs not happy, nobodys happy. After Sarahs parents
leave, Sarah and Travis spend a lot of time kissing. [What I thought was strange
was the fact that they were sitting on the couch together and he made her stand
up next to him to kiss her. There is a huge height differential between the two
of them, so it had to be uncomfortable for both of them.] The couple is shown
kissing for far too long from various angles, almost as if to tell the viewer
that there is tons of sexual chemistry between the two people. Sarah thanks
Travis for the day and they say good-bye. Travis says that the day strengthened
his feelings for Sarah and he realizes that she has many of the qualities that
he wants in a woman that he would spend his life with.
Next Travis visits Susan in Durham, North Carolina. They meet in the gardens of
Duke University. Susan, emoting heavily, says, When I first saw Travis I had
butterflies in my stomach. I was ridiculously nervous and I was so excited to
see him. The couple drinks wine and chats about the future. Next they throw a
football around and then kiss each other. She tells him that she likes how he
kisses, he is respectful.
Susan massages his, uh, ego more and tells him that he is attractive and she
likes his personality. In the evening, Travis goes to Susans parents house. He
meets Ken and Kathy along with her brothers Brian and Matt. At dinner, Kathy
asks Travis, What if Susan went into this, just for the fun of it, thinking it
will be fun to meet another guy but she can get out scot-free because she meets
a lot of guys and doesnt get hooked easily. As her mother is saying this,
Susan shoots daggers at her, while Travis sits there uncomfortably and her
brother smirks. Susan makes her mom go into the kitchen and tries to get her to
stop making comments to Travis that might ruin her chances. Kathy wonders about
Susans motives: Susan doesnt have a job or an apartment and she wonders if she
might be using Travis to further her acting career. Susan reveals the bombshell
that she just broke up with a fiancée. How long will it be until this little
bomb is dropped on Travis? Kathy wonders how this experience is changing Susan,
who replies Im pursuing what I need to pursue. Nothing changes that [Sounds
sinister to me!] Kathys mother says that she doesnt think that Susan is ready
for a relationship. She asks Travis if the show is demanding that he propose to
one of the women, to which he replies that he is not a scripted person and he
wont be told what decisions to make. Kathy tells Travis that she told Susan not
date for a year after her broken engagement. Travis tells Kathy that there is no
acting going on, but she asks him how he doesnt know that Susan isnt acting.
Susans dad asks her if she thinks that show will help her acting career. Susan
replies that acting is something she is passionate about, and whatever vehicle
takes her there thats all she wants. Kathy and Ken worry that she is experience
something not real. Travis and Susan leave, Kathy says that she likes Travis,
but she worries about Susans motivations. Susan and Travis go back to her hotel
and spend some time on the couch together and Susan tries to do some damage
control. She says that everything she does and says is 100% honest. She says
that 110% of her wants to be with Travis. [She cant do math!] Travis worries
about Kathys worries and he wonders about Susans sincerity.
Back in Paris, Chris earns his paycheck by asking Travis how he is doing. Travis
is exhausted and its hard to send a woman home after meeting the families.
Chris tells Travis that there is something the women want him to see. They each
left him a personal message. Sarah from Canada left the first message for
Travis, telling him about the fireworks she feels when she sees him. Sarah from
Tennessee tells Travis that she had fun and she feels like he is perfect for
her. Susan, doing more of her emoting, tells Travis that it was an honor for him
to meet her family and when she is with him the world just melts away. [Ill
stop the world and melt with you.] She is looking forward to falling in love
Moanas message starts with her crying about finding a piece of herself when
she met him in Paris that she never knew existed. She cries some more about
bringing him to meet her family which she says was scary and she feels happy
and she cries as she thanks him for him. She cries more as she tells him that
she would love to give herself to him because she knows that he would be
careful. She tearfully tells him that she cant wait to see him again.
Rather than realizing that Moana is a nut-job who will probably have a psychotic
break when he finally dumps her, reduced to stalking, sending him IM messages
that minute he signs onto the internet, boiling his bunny or following him to
the hospital where he works, pretending to be sick or making herself sick,
Travis says that her message touched him. [Hello! Travis! Did you skip your
Psychiatry rotation in med school? She has borderline personality disorder. I am
not a doctor, but even I can see it.]
The women march into the house for the rose ceremony. Before it begins there is
an announcement that if you want to nominate the next Pimp or Ho for the next
installment of The Bachelor, call 1-866-739-3150 or go to ABC.com, keyword
Bachelor. [Damn, I thought that my recapping this show would mean the end of
After the break, Chris talks about how it was a big step for Travis to meet
their parents and how only three women will have the change to continue to go on
amazing romantic overnight dates. [Barf] For one woman the journey will be over.
Travis starts lobbing roses. Susan gets the first rose. Moana gets the second
Rose. Chris says there is just one rose left. [No shit, Sherlock!] Travis offers
the final rose to Sarah
and momentarily pauses so that we dont know which
Sarah he means. He goes on to say
from Tennessee and Sarah from Winnipeg
looks sad as she realizes that she will not be receiving a rose. She hugs Sarah
and Susan good-bye as Moana smirks and half-heartedly blows her an air-kiss
goodbye. Travis escorts her out and tells her that he thinks that they are at
different places in life. She has just begun her adventures and he doesnt want
to be the guy who prevents her from figuring out who she is. Susan cries to the
camera that she is sad and upset and even more so because Travis picked Moana
over her, because Moana isnt genuine.
Next weekend Travis and the women go all over Europe (The French Alps, Vienna,
and Venice) on overnight dates. [At least its a one hour episode of the show!]
What will each woman do when she is given the opportunity of a lifetime [to be a
whore and spend the night with Travis]?